After a fast jump-off Ludger Beerbaum and Gotha FRH (Goldfever x Prestige Pilot) stood as winners in the World Cup qualifier in Stuttgart. It was a big and difficult course that course designer Christa Jung had built; the riders really had to show their riding skills and their horses' rideability. Several riders rode amazing rounds, but saw poles fall to the ground somewhere around the thirteen fence track.
Janika Sprunger and Uptown Boy (Odermus x Joost) on start number six produced the first clear. It looked like Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof´s Opium (Polydor x Bormio) would be clear as well, and he was until approaching fence 12b. Unfortunately two poles fell for the Dutch rider right at the very end.
The crowds had to wait until start number 22 before another clear came. This time it was Denis Lynch and Abbervail van het Dingeshof (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme) who delivered the goods. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Quintero La Silla (Quantum x Chamonix), Marco Kutscher with Cornet Obolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker), Ludger Beerbaum with Gotha and Steve Guerdat with Nino Des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos) followed - all with great clear rounds.
It was a fast jump-off where five of the six riders were clear; unfortunately for Denis Lynch he had a pole down. Rolf went into the lead half way in the jump-off after a fast round and crossed the finish line on 36.55 seconds. Marco Kutscher followed, but could not catch Rolf and eventually had to settle for fourth. Ludger Beerbaum and Gotha FRH is always a force to be reckoned with, and today it was Ludger who led the way in Stuttgart. With a slightly higher speed than Rolf, Ludger managed to shave off 0.84 seconds on the Swedish rider's time. Steve Guerdat has really hit form with his partner Nino, and together they managed to sneak in between Ludger and Rolf as last to go. Their time was as good as 35.93 seconds.
For some riders things didn't work out; José Maria Larocca and the Pioneer-son Royal Power had a good start, but after number four the chain on the bit fell off and Larocca retired after some lack of control. Carsten-Otto Nagel, Billy Twomey, Edwina Alexander & Marcus Ehning all had fences down and retired. Jur Vrieling and VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) managed to lose the gelpad underneath the saddle on the distance between 9 and 10, but they never lost their focus ending up with five penalties.
German showjumping has a bright future; they have some really good up and coming riders. One of them is David Will who only had four faults today. Then there is Jörg Oppermann and Katrin Eckermann; both had eight faults, but produced really good rounds.
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